"I am a confessed color addict! Colors affect my mood and sense of well- being. In looking back, I realize that my mother’s passion for the paintbrush must have been a major influence in my life. Almost every year, she would go through the house painting everything in sight that didn’t move, including the piano. I don’t know how the people who bought that piano years later moved it out of the house. It must have weighed a ton with those twenty- five-odd (some of them very odd) coats of paint!

One year she outdid herself by painting an old metal toaster a not terribly attractive chartreuse. Someone mistakenly used it and the house reeked of smoke for weeks. My mother retired from painting for a while after that, so we lived with chartreuse for a long time. But ultimately her need to reinvent the colors won out.

In college, art and psychology were two of my favorite subjects. I devoured information on color. I read, studied, and researched every color-related topic I could get my hands on. In my early career as director of education for a group of self-improvement schools, when I researched curriculum and trained the teachers, color was invariably the subject that claimed most of my attention.

Presently, as an author, director of the Pantone Color Institute®, color forecaster and consultant, I deliver seminars internationally for universities, professional organizations, trade shows, and conventions and I consult with a variety of industries. My audiences and clients are diverse. They include interior designers and contractors; industrial, fashion and graphic designers for packaging, manufacturers, printers, retailers, florists, marketing and image consultants, as well as consumers—people interested in color, which includes just about everyone! Although they come from diverse areas, they all have one thing in common—they are fascinated with color and understand its importance and impact."

Every season Lee creates the Top 10 List of Pantone Colors for the fashion industry that appears in Women’s Wear Daily. Lee conducts many color seminars and is widely quoted in publications such as Cosmo, InStyle, Oprah, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, People Magazine, Self, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, as well as numerous other trade and consumer publications. She has made appearances on all major networks in the U.S. and abroad. Lee’s academic background includes a degree in psychology from Antioch as well as advanced studies and a counseling specialist certificate from UCLA. She has studied both fashion and interior design and has taught in both areas. She is a chairholder in the Color Marketing Group as well as a participant in the international forecasting group for the Pantone View Color Planner.

For more information about Lee, and about other books she has written, visit www.colorexpert.com.


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